A new call for proposal for fragile states, under the ACP-EU Energy Facility II, was launched at the beginning of 2014. The funding, with a budget of EUR 15 million, is dedicated to fragile states and will help beneficiary partner countries to tackle energy challenges. As a result, 9 new projects have been contracted. Some projects are already under implementation and others are about to be initiated. The projects aim to increase access to energy in rural and peri-urban areas in Mali, Somalia, Burundi and Liberia.
The ACP-EU Energy Facility II supports projects aiming to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for the rural poor in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. A second call for proposals under the ACP-EU Energy Facility II, with a budget of EUR 55 million has recently closed. The result is 22 new projects, targeting rural electrification, that have just been contracted.
The project “Programa Comunitário para Acesso a Energias Renováveis”, that take place in Guinea-Bissau, has come a long way since its initiation. The project aims to ensure quality, reliable and sustainable access to electricity to the centre of semi-rural Bambadinca using renewable energy sources. The project seeks to improve the living conditions of the local households, the local commerce and the performance of institutions (schools, hospitals and local administration).
In Kenya, the Community Based Green Energy project, implemented by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and partners, is performing well and is demonstrating progress and good results. The project aims to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for 407,792 households, through 138 schools and health centers and 69 community-based groups in rural and peri-urban areas.
The PAMENU project financed under Energy Facility I reached out to many people. The project aimed at reducing poverty and improving the quality of life for people living in rural areas of Northern Uganda, by providing energy services to rural households, social institutions (schools, health centers, prisons, etc.) and small and medium enterprises in the targeted areas.